Police in the southern province of Kien Giang on Friday paid the owner of a truck VND90 million (US$4,000) as compensation for wrongfully impounding his vehicle last year.
They agreed to the amount after negotiating with Nguyen Van Tho on September 25. The reward is believed to be equal to the value of the fish on the truck that were spoiled.
Earlier, a court in the province also ordered the U Minh Thuong district police office to compensate Luong Hoang My, Tho’s truck driver, who was wrongfully fined and had his license suspended for 35 days in February last year.
My will be paid VND8.75 million (US$390), local media reported.
The court heard that when My was driving his truck with three tons of fish to Ho Chi Minh City on February 17, a group of traffic officers stopped him for a random check.
After a thorough inspection, they could not detect any violations. They however decided to fine him for "not stopping his vehicle as ordered."
My refused to sign the violation report, saying he was stopped and subjected to a check.
The officers then seized the truck and suspended My's license. The driver was also ordered to pay a VND1 million fine.
My sent a complaint to the provincial police department, who later sided with the district police office.
He filed a lawsuit against both of the offices and won the case on September 8, 2015.
"I didn't do anything wrong. I needed to see the case through to reclaim the truth and my honor," My told local media after the court.
"I am pleased with the court's decision."